ABERDEEN­SHIRE DON

Trout & Salmon (UK) - - Fishing Reports -

WE HAVE had low water since April, which has had an im­pact on fish num­bers and, un­sur­pris­ingly, an­gling ef­fort. But as ever on the Don there are some com­mit­ted lo­cal rods who con­tinue to wet a line no mat­ter what. Salmon were caught on the ADAA beats and Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil wa­ters, but over­all, it has to be said April was a dis­ap­point­ment. The salmon that did come in were be­gin­ning to spread out and Johnny Lit­tle had Arhun­cart’s first on April 12, tempted by a Neep. Even­tu­ally, there was a drop of water to­wards the end of the month and the 2 ft rise saw a num­ber of liced fish landed, in­clud­ing fish from the Manse pool at Lower Fin­tray and also at Kem­nay. Ivor Duf­fus had a fresh 7 lb fish off a mid­dle beat on a size 12 March Brown while fish­ing for trout, and an­other cou­ple of salmon have been landed by trout an­glers fish­ing with nymphs. The brown trout fish­ing con­tin­ues to be some of the best in these is­lands. Those landed have been in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion with 2 lb-3 lb fish the norm now on many beats and Craig Flem­ing had a lovely 3 lb 8 oz fish at Cas­tle Forbes. Some big­ger fish have been landed by the more ex­pe­ri­enced an­glers – a few of them to 7 lb. The low water con­tin­ued through­out May and salmon proved dif­fi­cult to tempt. Stu­art Bar­net­son had two in late May at In­verurie: a seal­iced seven-pounder and an older fish at 10 lb – both on an orange Shrimp fly. I was pleased to hear Ralph Green had a cracker of about 12 lb and Sean Ren­nie had one from the ADAA wa­ters at about 8 lb. – ROSS MAC­DON­ALD.

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